This has been an interesting few days (in the same sense as the old Chinese proverb about living in 'interesting' times). I am alternating visiting my brother Jeff one day and taking care of errands and spending time with our younger brother Kevin the next day.
Jeff got moved to a Select Speciality Hospital on Sunday afternoon. It is a real hospital as opposed to a nursing home facility and he seems to be doing ok there. There is not as much attention to his needs as I'd like (the nurse-to-patient ratio is lower than in the surgical ICU, as one might imagine) .... but he is supposedly getting better.
I'm not so sure about that myself. He is still having problems with CO2 building up in his blood and with drainage in his chest cavity. They were supposed to be putting that catheter drain in his left side this morning. Sigh. Probably TMI for most of you. He's a sick man.
I've been pretty down for several days. This situation just seems so very unjust. My brother is a kind, fairly gentle person (despite his bluff talking ways) and in no way deserves the extremely bad health he's suffering with now. Ellie Layman, a quilter friend of mine, once told me that she has decided that there is really no justice about how people get sick or die ... just circumstances. Sadly, I'm starting to agree. Don't know why I think there _should_ be some fairness to the process, really. Sigh.
Monday I took the Town&Country van to get new tires put on it. There was mixup and the tire place sent higher grade tires than we ordered ... but the manager very reasonably sold them to me for the cost of the ones I _had_ ordered, after discussion. Not my fault they did not translate their computer inventory correctly. Then Kevin and I drove the van to a different repair shop and got the air conditioning looked at. Luckily it only needed new refrigerant so that was an easy fix. Whew!
Tuesday I drove to Newark, Ohio to visit with Jeff. Takes 2 hours and 10 minutes to get there, whether I go by the 'country' roads or the 'highway/city' ones. Shrug. I spent quite a bit of time with him there and got home around 8:30 p.m.
Today my brother Kevin wanted to go to the movies to see Central Intelligence. Jeff had suggested that we go to the theater in Chillicothe instead of the one in Athens (Chillicothe is about 15 miles closer) ... and there are quilt shops in the former. :) I managed to stop at one shop before the 2:35 p.m. matinee. Kevin enjoyed the movie. I actually laughed once or twice but don't think I would have bothered if I was on my own. :)
The photo above shows the free Row By Row pattern that Old Town Fabrics is handing out this summer. Apparently historic stone mansions are common in Chillicothe (the first capital of the state of Ohio:) ... just as they are where I live in Maryland. I like the pattern they did and might even use it someday. :) The write up they gave with their directions has a nice list of local historic homes to see.
I also bought some thread (red and aqua, 50 weight, Aurifil) so I can finish the appliqué for my current set of bee blocks. I am eager to finish them as I already have the next months' patterns in hand for the new 'queen'. :) In addition, I picked up a copy of a special issue magazine:
Anyone who has been reading my musings for a while knows that I have broad and eclectic tastes. I have a spot for 'country' and 'vintage' and even 'primitive' style designs, at times. Mostly I love bright and contemporary but I'm not obsessive. :) I enjoyed paging through this special issue of (I _think_) Quiltmania magazine ... but about halfway through I realized that there is probably nothing in this issue I'd really want to make. I found the arrangements and displays they photographed to be ... busy and kind of bizarre. Hmmm. Hope no one is too offended ... just not to my taste, surprisingly. Odd.
The weather has been really hot this week here in southern Ohio - up to the mid90's every day. I'm so grateful to have working a/c in the car again. My Dart is not running very well so I made an appointment with the 'local' Chrysler repair shop for next Monday (35 miles drive to the east). Till then, I'm driving the van. Good thing it is up to snuff finally (far as I know:)